Norristown Fire Department Prepares for Fire Prevention Week

Norristown Fire Department Prepares for Fire Prevention Week

NORRISTOWN, PA – The Norristown Fire Department has geared up for Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 9-15) with an array of activities to inform and educate the public.

The 2016 theme during Fire Prevention Week is Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years. “Working smoke alarms can make the difference between life and death in a fire,” said Norristown Fire Chief Tom O’Donnell.

Below is a summary of fire prevention programs and activities that the Norristown Fire Department will be partaking in during fire prevention week.

•  Fire Prevention Week October 9th – 15th fire department personnel will be using social media and other feeds to drive home Norristown’s three fire prevention messages of Get Out and Stay Out, Working Smoke Detectors Save Lives and Have a Home Escape Plan.


•  Also during this period fire department personnel will be conducting fire drills at all Norristown public and parochial schools.


•  In addition fire department personnel have partnered with both the Montgomery County Norristown Public Library and ACALAMO Family Services to provide fire prevention education programs to the children at their facilities.


•  September 19, 2016, fire department personnel delivered 2000 fire prevention posters in both Spanish and English to schools throughout the Norristown region in advance of fire prevention week educating our children on the importance of Get Out and Stay Out, Working Smoke Detectors Save Lives and Have a Home Escape Plan.


•  October 7, 2016, fire department personnel and Montgomery County Health Department personnel will be partnering to conduct a multi-block smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector blitz in the 500, 600, 700 & 800 blocks of Chain Street.


•  On the evenings of October 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th & 15th on duty fire department personnel will be visiting neighborhoods in various segments of our community conducting smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector blitzes.


•  October 15th in partnered with the Elmwood Park Zoo to host our annual “Fire Smart” program from 10am-2pm at the Zoo.


•   In conjunction with Lamar Advertising who’s providing us with free billboard space we’ll be advertising our fire prevention themes of Get Out and Stay Out, Working Smoke Detectors Save Lives and Have a Home Escape Plan beginning September 19th and ending on October 31st on digital billboards located on the Markley Street corridor.


•  November 19, 2016, fire department personnel and American Red Cross personnel will be partnering to conduct a multi-block smoke detector blitz in the 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900, 1000, 1100, 1200, & 1300 blocks of Arch Street

For more information on Fire Prevention Week or about the department please contact Assistant Fire Chief Richard Lockhart at 610-270-2894.

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.